Submissions are open June 26 - Nov. 26, 2018 via Film Freeway and Without a Box.
We want to thank you in advance for sharing your work with us. You can enter any of thousands of festivals. When you choose us, we don't take that lightly. We will give your film all of our attention in the screening process. If selected, you will be invited to the annual Festival Kick-Off event, the Press Conference at MoMI, the all hands on deck Trailer Party, publicity stunts, flash mobs, TV and radio interviews. We program in thematic BLOCKS, grouping films together to create a specific cinematic experience. Each BLOCK has a theme, a host, a Q&A and receives targeted marketing to make sure the films are accessible to an interested audience. We will build a community around you and your work and since we are located in Queens, ‘The World’s Borough’ with 165 nationalities, we have an audience for your film.
We pride ourselves on curating an exciting festival, featuring international and local filmmakers, seasoned professionals, first time directors and everything in between. We are especially interested in maverick filmmakers of any orientation, ethnicity, country or region.
QWFF is about heart, guts, commitment. It is a dynamic time on our planet. As storytellers who hold the mirror up to show us who we are, now is not the time to back off. Bring on your craft and your heart let's see what you got. Please challenge norms or take on systems. Please spill your guts, twist perceptions or scare us silly. We love horror, we love documentaries, the seriously funny and the uber real.
2018 QWFF Submission and Screening Statistics
611 submissions representing 38 Nations, 47 from Queens, 33 alumni and 125 submitted by women.
189 acceptances representing 36 Nations, 31 from Queens and 21 alumni and 65 directed by women.
All films are screened by multiple members of our screening committee, using a score sheet that assess craft, technique, execution, material, originality and overall professionalism. High scoring films are moved into the Jury process which involves re-screenings and re-scorings. Our committee will be screening, scoring and arguing on a regular basis starting July 15 and we will announce the official line up and nominees in early January.
Films in competition may win ‘Best of’ or ‘Honorable Mention’ in each category and there are several awards for special achievements: Emerging Filmmaker, Audience Awards, Unique Vision and others.
BEST SCREENPLAY WINNERS will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
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Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.
CHOOSE A SUBMISSION PLATFORM:
-- Early Bird Deadline: August 17, 2018
-- Regular Deadline: October 1, 2018
-- Late Deadline: November 1, 2018
-- Extended Deadline: November 26, 2018
ANIMATION (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
Move the inanimate, make it interesting, make it engaging, dig into the craft and go out as far as you dare because we're game to see it.
DOCUMENTARY (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
A documentary film is a piece of work that delivers a clear picture of the topic, not propaganda. Shine the light on something, nudge the rock aside, let's take a look.
NARRATIVE (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
Narrative films should be quite simply: a sequence of fictional events. Tell us a good story and do it with everything you've got. Bring on your craft, use your imagination, show us something, we want you to send us work that you are proud of.
FAMILY FILM (Shorts: under 30 minutes, Features: between 50 and 120 minutes)
We are looking for Indie films that families can enjoy together and we love giving them the opportunity to see something other than an extremely noisy franchise.
EXPERIMENTAL (Shorts: under 30 minutes)
Are you coloring outside of the lines? Is your work experimental? Mixed media? New media? Webbish? Bring it.
MUSIC VIDEOS (Shorts: under 30 minutes)
We want to hear what you hear and see what you see when you hear it.